- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (31 May 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813121221
- ISBN-13: 978-0813121222
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,245,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim: A Writer in Early Hollywood Hardcover – 31 May 1999
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"Choice A bittersweet, extraordinarily detailed recollection of Maas's 30-year career in the motion picture industry.... Chockablock with anecdotes, and a blinding amount of star-wattage to boot." -- "Salon.com"
"Maas's story is important because she tells us how the various studios operated back then." -- "Rapport"
"An excellent history of what it was to be a writer in the film industry then." -- "Southern Pines (NC) Pilot"
"Choice A bittersweet, extraordinarily detailed recollection of Maas's 30-year career in the motion picture industry.... Chockablock with anecdotes, and a blinding amount of star-wattage to boot." -- Salon.com
"Maas's story is important because she tells us how the various studios operated back then." -- Rapport
"An excellent history of what it was to be a writer in the film industry then." -- Southern Pines (NC) Pilot
Top Customer Reviews
It highlights the difficulty writers had in early Hollywood when there was little legal protection for copyright and works were often 'appropriated' (stolen) by the large production companies. Hence, the comparative obscurity of the author. It has one often screaming at the injustices perpetrated against her and other authors.
It details her 'ups and downs 'both personally and professionally in a lucid amd detailed account of one of Hollywood's unsung and unacknowledged veterans.
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She had written this book three years earlier. She has some wonderful experiences, and reports them with untethered opinion and vigor. But her style -- weighed down by cliches -- fast becomes wearisome. Maybe we should give her a break --- she was 99 when she wrote this.
There is lots of interest here -- turn of the century Russian, secular Jewish life in Manhattan, early Hollywood, left-wing politics (McCarthy wasn't being paranoid about all the communists within the gates).
Some utopia she leaves in her wake. If you can put up with these shenanigans, it's an interesting book about the Silents and offers background other books neglected.
P.S. Did you know she was more photogenic than Greta Garbo?
history fans, and many others. After I heard Hersey Felder sing "Back Bay Polka" in
the musical review "Gershwin Alone", I traced the song to the Betty Grable movie
with the same title as this book. At the time of the movie's release, George
Gershwin had been dead almost two decades. Supposedly, the songs were previously unpublished Gershwin material. Maas claims some were written
by studio composers.
There are many episodes of early Hollywood, featuring nice people and some of the
really rottens. Many ring true, and some smell false. Maas outlived most of the
people she describes as evil or weak, so they can not complain or sue.
It is not literature, and it is not history, but it provides some interesting
scenes that might be of interest to historians, or to gossips. Some reviewers
have labeled the author "left-wing". There are a few scattered political comments
and a few concentrated pages, but conservatives need not fear an attack on their
beliefs. Maas is after specific Hollywood powers.
The dust jacket cover photo is striking. Serious photographers might want to
learn about the other work of the photographer.
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